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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Updated on September 13, 2014
The Host Novel
The Host Novel

Stephenie Meyer's Incredible Story of Love, Devotion, and Survival

Humans are being quietly erased by a gentle peace loving race called souls. The human mind is taken over and the soul takes control. But when Melanie Styder is captured, she refuses to go quietly. She has too much to live for. She resists the parasitic soul, and maintains her hold on her mind and her body.

She begins filling the invading soul with her human memories of the man she loves. The soul is unequipped to handle the emotions of the human mind and body. As a result, she too falls in love with the man in Melanie's memories. Together, they set off on a dangerous and difficult journey to find the man that holds both their hearts in his hands.

The Host is about love, devotion, friendship, and survival in a world being taken over. It offers everything... drama, mystery, horror, a little science fiction, and romance. This book is Stephenie Meyer's first adult novel and it offers a fantastic and gripping storyline. I highly recommend it.

The Host: The Novel

The Host Summary

An alien race has taken over the planet Earth. Humans have now become hosts for souls - creatures that can only live within another being. The souls came quietly, a few at a time, to Earth and slipped in without notice. Once they were discovered, it was too late.

Souls are a peaceful race and they feel humans do not deserve the planet they have been given. Not only are people destroying their world, but they tend to hurt, maim, and kill each other. Better that the souls take over and make Earth a more beautiful and peaceful place to live.

The quiet war is almost over. Most of the human minds have been erased by the souls that have invaded their bodies. But a small group of humans are still in hiding - running to avoid capture and doing what they can to survive.

Welcome to Earth, Wanderer.

— The Seeker

The Host - Book Description

The Host
The Host

Melanie Stryder has been in hiding - refusing to be invaded by a parasite soul, but she is finally captured and becomes an unwilling host. But Melanie is a fighter and is strong enough that her mind is not erased. She has so much to live for and she refuses to just fade away.

Wanderer, the invading Soul, does not understand why the host mind will not die. Having rode eight host bodies before, she should be strong enough to override one unwilling human and use her memories to find the other human resistors. So, why does she feel sympathy for her host?

Melanie begins to fill the Wanderer's mind with images of the man she loves and, unable to resist in the face of such emotion, Wanderer comes to have feeling for this human man she has never met.

Wanderer, assigned with the task of exposing any remaining resistors, but unused to these strong human senses and feelings, is suddenly unsure of where her loyalties lie.

The Wanderer begins to feel an odd kind of kinship with her host. And when an outside force pushes her to make a decision, Wanderer suddenly finds herself on a dangerous mission to find the man she and Melanie both love.


I knew it would begin with the end. The end would look like death to these eyes. I had been warned.

— Wanderer

My Discovery of The Host

I received my copy of The Host as an incentive to join a book club. I knew nothing about the book except that the author was Stephenie Meyer, who also wrote the Twilight series. I loved Twilight, so I was excited to give The Host a try.

Once it arrived in the mail, I realized The Host was a type of science fiction novel - with aliens coming from deep space to take over the world. This is usually not my type of read (I am more into horror fiction), so the book set for a week before I picked it up again. I finally decided to give it a chance and I am so glad that I did. I was hooked by the first chapter and totally immersed myself in The Host for two days.

To my surprise and enjoyment, I discovered that The Host is much more than just a science fiction novel. The author has combined sci-fi with adventure, action, drama, suspense, and a bit of mystery. It is even a love story. I fell head over heels for the world Stephenie Meyer has created in The Host.

The book is absolutely wonderful. The characters have a lot of depth and are very intriguing. You feel you come to know and love them. The story is full of suspense and very exciting. It captures you and does not let go. Best of all, the ending is very satisfying and the story feels complete.

The Host is an adult novel, but it is very clean and (in my opinion) safe for young adult readers. My eleven year old daughter read it when I was done. When I asked her how she liked it, she exclaimed, "That book was awesome!" I had to agree.

I highly recommend The Host to anyone that loves a good read. If offers something for everyone and it is a wonderful storyline. Stephenie Meyer should be applauded for another great book.

Feisty for a peace-loving body snatcher, aren’t you?

— Ian
The Host Quotes
The Host Quotes

Quotes from The Host

"This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds - the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions, the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached." - Wanderer

"It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful." - Ian O'Shea

"If I was given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn't be able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives." - Jared Howe

"I held you in my hand, Wanderer. And you were so beautiful." - Ian O'Shea

"Or was it simply better somehow? Because these humans could hate with so much fury, was the other end of the spectrum that they could love with more heart and zeal and fire? I didn't know why I had yearned after it so desperately. Al I knew was that, now that I had it, it was worth every ounce of risk and agony it had cost. It was better than I'd imagined. It was everything." - Wanderer

(All quotes listed above taken from Stephenie Meyer's book The Host)

We come to experience, not to change.

— Wanderer

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The Host: The Movie

The Host The Movie
The Host The Movie

The Host in Film

Stephenie Myer's Twilight series has been a huge success both in print and on the big screen.

Now, The Host has been recognized in the same fashion.

Stephenie's first adult novel has been being adapted into a full length movie.

The film premiered in theaters March 29, 2013.

Cast members include Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder and Diane Kruger as The Seeker.

Also, Jake Abel portrays Ian O'Shea, and Max Irons plays Jared Howe.

You can see more of the cast for the movie at

I was all alone in my head — exactly what I had once wanted. It made me feel lost.

— Wanderer

The Host Movie Trailer

My Review of The Host (Movie)

I loved watching The Host and I have watched it several times. The directors did a good job of capturing the story and bringing it to life. The characters are a little younger that I imagined from reading the novel, but the actors portrayed their parts well.

The alien technology is well implemented into believable elements of the movie. I love the way they did this justice.

My only complaint is that the story was rushed. I feel the movie would have been better served with a slower build up. I realize the novel is a long one, and there is no way to capture all of the story in a reasonable length film, but the storyline felt hurried along at the beginning. The novel gave us a chance to feel for the characters by the time the main plot began.

The blackness took all but this: a face... This face I would have known among millions.

— Wanderer

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Stephenie Meyer: Author of The Host

Stephenie Meyer - Author of The Host and the Twilight Saga
Stephenie Meyer - Author of The Host and the Twilight Saga

About Stephenie Meyer

"Stephenie Meyer is the author of both The Host and the popular Twilight Saga. She lives with her husband and her three sons in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephenie Meyer has been lauded by Publishers Weekly as one of the "most promising new authors of 2005", and has received a "New York Times Editor's Choice". Her works have also been declared an Amazon "Best Book of the Decade."

The Twilight Saga began as a dream for Stephenie Meyer that she had to put down on paper, even though she was not even sure herself that it would ever be published. It has since become a wildly popular series that spans four books and five movies including Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

The Host was published in 2008 and has also been a huge success. This stand alone book was also been tapped for a full length movie that premiered in 2013.

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Book Series

I love The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. She has done such a fabulous job of creating a beautiful world and indepth characters in the storyline. I highly recommend you check it out. I fell in love with the story.

Twilight Series Summary:

When Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington, she expects to be miserable, but then she meets Edward Cullen and discovers his secret. Vampires and werewolves highlight this young adult romance series.

Follow Bella and Edward as they fall in love and face danger on all sides. I highly recommend the Twilight Saga!

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    • CrystalDBooth profile imageAUTHOR

      Crystal Booth 

      5 years ago from Wellston, Ok

      @Jerzimom: Thank you! The book will give you so much more of this fantastic story. Let me know what you think after you read it.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Great review of the Host! I seen the movie but haven't read the book yet. Its on my book reading list though so can't wait now after seeing the movie. Very nice lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      I literally just picked the Host up from the library this morning, I'm hoping its as good as you say it is now!

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      6 years ago

      Can't wait for the movie! :-)

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      6 years ago

      twilight saga is one of my faves....i hv recently completed reading this novel and looking forward to hv some new ones

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      Crystal Booth 

      6 years ago from Wellston, Ok

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for your visit and your comment. I love the Twilight series, but in a way I think the Host is better. It is an awesome story and I am so excited for the movie.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      When we saw the movie poster at the theater a few nights ago, my son said he had read this book and that it was actually better than the Twilight series. That is truly a fabulous recommendation!

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      7 years ago

      Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Blessed by an angel on the Memorial Day bus trip!

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      7 years ago from WNY

      Great lens. I red The Host soon after it was released, and like you, I typically don't like Sci-Fi books, but I loved this book. It is by far a better written novel with a more meaningful plot than any of the Twilight books. I am amazed that more people have not read this novel.

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      7 years ago

      Having read Twilight I have often wondered about this book. Thanks for the insight and review.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you. I love the twightlight saga and had no idea Stephenie had written an earlier novel. I have to have it. Now!

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      Jen Schaefer 

      8 years ago from St Petersburg

      Great lens! I love The Host and have read it twice. I really hope she comes out with a sequel, although by all accounts it seems like Stephenie has become soured to writing due to the whole Midnight Sun issue. Plus she obviously no longer needs the money, so I'm not sure if her heart is in it anymore. Of course this is all just speculation on my part. I hope to be proved wrong!

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      8 years ago

      I can't figure out how you do the yellow boxes on your lens. Love the layouts and the book review.. awesome!

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      momto4 lm 

      9 years ago

      Great book review! I really enjoyed the Twilight series and I've been planning on reading The Host. It sounds like an interesting book.

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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      I have seen the book, The host, in bookstores and online but never got interested. I thought it's just one of those books that need not be read. But reading what you have written here, I'm excited to get my own copy. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and this fb page. Thanks

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      Maurice Glaude 

      9 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Twilight is the new "Harry Potter" Fad, but I'm loving it. The books are much better than I could have imagined. And yes I'm a guy who likes the Twilight Saga.

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      9 years ago

      I've read The Host and listened to the audio version. The story pushes all the right "buttons" for me and I loved it. Mrs Meyers can only get better as she continues to write. She has great ideas and I hope she will keep sharing them with us. Your review of the story was excellent!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; blessed.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!


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